Center for the Human Rights of Children Fellowship

This project has been made possible by a fellowship provided by the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Graduate Research Assistant is Molly Greening.

Project Title

“Vulnerabilities and Human Rights Violations of Children Migrating to the US Alone – An Analytical Framework for Catholic Ethics and Advocacy”

Project Aim

This project will analyze the specific vulnerabilities and human rights violations of children migrating to the US alone by developing an ethical framework that reflects and enhances the Catholic Church’s response, both on a political level and in terms of advocacy.

First and foremost, however, we aim to raise awareness about what has been identified as a domestic “humanitarian crisis” by Pope Francis, the US Catholic Bishops, and many other organizations, by analyzing the specific vulnerabilities and human rights violations migrating children face. We want to contribute specific ethical responses to this crisis, and propose policies and forms of advocacy that the Catholic Church, together with Jesuit Universities, should embrace.

Select Resources:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

– with Migration and Refugee Services/The Center for Migration Studies. Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System. Washington, D.C., 2015.

– Unaccompanied Migrant Children Understood through a Catholic Social Teaching Context.  Washington, D.C., 2014. 

Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States.  Washington, D.C., 2013. 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc (CLINIC):

– Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children. Silver Spring, MD, 2013.  

The Needless Detention of Immigrants in the United States: Why Are We Locking Up Asylum-Seekers, Children, Stateless Persons, Long-Term Permanent Residents, and Petty Offenders? Washington, D.C., 2000.

Jesuit Refugee Services USA. A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants.  Washington, D.C., 2015.

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges. San Francisco, 2015. 

Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute. The Cost of Stemming the Tide: How Immigration Enforcement Practices in Southern Mexico Limit Migrant Children’s Access to International Protection. Washington, D.C., 2015. 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean. Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America and Mexico and the Need for International Protection.  Washington, D.C., 2014.